Minnesota Independent, Other Indies, To Shut Down

The American Independent is consolidating all its news from seven state sites into one larger site, which has resulted in at least one layoff so far.

The Minnesota Independent was the first to announce the news publicly, with a post from American Independent founder David S. Bennahum.

“After five years of operation in Minnesota, the board of the American Independent News Network, has decided to shift publication of its news into a single site, The American Independent at Americanindependent.com,” Bennahum wrote. “This is part of a shift in strategy, towards new forms of journalism made available as technology has advanced, and an increasing emphasis on national coverage and issue-based coverage from our network. Over the coming months, AINN will announce a number of new journalism initiatives that will continue to advance our mission of producing impact journalism in the public interest.”

MN Independent reporter-editor Jon Collins has lost his job, he told MinnPost’s David Brauer, who had the MN Independent shutdown news first.

Similar (okay, totally identical) farewell messages have been posted to the websites of the Michigan Messenger and the New Mexico Independent. Nothing yet from Colorado, Florida, and Texas, where the American Independent Network also has sites.

The Washington Independent shut its doors nearly a year ago, citing financial problems.